Lewis Garrison, a college basketball official, left a matchup between Illinois and No. 5 Michigan on Wednesday night after he was accidentally hit by Kofi Cockburn as the freshman center celebrated a key play in the Illini’s 71-62 victory in Champaign, Illinois.
After Cockburn scored and drew a foul late in the second half, he turned to celebrate and threw his right arm in the air, making contact with Garrison, who then fell to the floor.
Cockburn appeared to hit Garrison with his elbow and forearm.
The official grabbed his head and struggled to get to his feet. He was helped off the court and did not return.
Cockburn immediately went to help Garrison after the play and shook his head as he watched the official leave the floor
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